Fall 2021 Undergraduate Course: American Historical Geographies (Geog 254)

Posted by on Jul 15, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Here’s the flyer for my Fall 2021 American Historical Geographies course (GEOG 254): https://geography.unc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/140/2021/04/geog254.pdf  Mid twentieth-century postcard of Wilmington, NC.  What can postcard views like this one (produced for the S.H. Kress & Co.’s Five-and-Dime stores in the region) teach us about our changing landscapes, and what parts of our histories–and geographies– are muddled in […]

Spring 2021 graduate seminar: Geographies of infrastructure

Posted by on Jan 18, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Spring 2021 graduate seminar: Geographies of infrastructure

Here is the syllabus for my spring 2021 graduate seminar “Geographies of infrastructure” (Geog 804.001) The seminar takes “geographies of infrastructure” as a starting point for exploring the ongoing remaking of the earth’s surface, and reworking of social relations, spaces, and flows, across multiple sites and scales. Its approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on cultural and […]

Undergraduate Research: “Geographies of the New Deal in North Carolina”

Posted by on Dec 30, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Undergraduate Research: “Geographies of the New Deal in North Carolina”

  “Geographies of the New Deal in North Carolina” is a story map produced by students in my Fall 2020 American Historical Geographies course (Geog 254).  Alongside archival research projects, students used ArcGIS story mapping to create geovisualizations of several New Deal projects that took shape in North Carolina, and to explore their legacies in […]

CFP: Structure and Infrastructure

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Call for papers for a virtual session or sessions, AAG Meeting, April 7-11, 2021 In recent years infrastructure has been on the agenda in the critical social sciences and cultural studies. Research has examined how built environments of ports, railroads, power plants, and super-highways have facilitated capital’s drive to overcome spatial barriers, how militarist and […]

“Cratered Landscapes”

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments
“Cratered Landscapes”

My essay “Cratered Landscapes” has been published in New Geographies 11: Extraterrestrial.  Its subject is the use of the Nevada nuclear test site as a training ground for extraterrestrial futures during the 1960s and 1970s, including some stories left out of Proving Grounds for whatever reason.  I’m delighted to be included in this spectacular volume. […]

Fall 2020 course: Political Geography (Geog 453)

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Here’s the flyer for my Fall 2020 Political Geography course (GEOG 453): https://geography.unc.edu/files/2020/03/geog453-1.pdf What is power and how is it geographical?   Pictured below*? *The inauguration of Warren Harding, Washington DC, March 4, 1921. Source: Houghton Library, Harvard University

Fall 2020 course: American Historical Geographies (Geog 254)

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Fall 2020 course: American Historical Geographies (Geog 254)

Here’s the link to a flyer for my Fall 2020 UNC Geography course: American Historical Geographies (GEOG 254): https://geography.unc.edu/files/2020/03/Geog254.pdf I’ve taught the class once before as GEOG 454, under the slightly stodgier title Historical Geography of the United States.  As Geog 254 American Historical Geographies, students will similarly work on geohumanities research projects like these – […]

“Historical-Geographical Materialism”

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

My piece on “Historical–Geographical Materialism” for the new edition of the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography is available here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780081022955104706 Or for those without library access, here: https://www.academia.edu/41340401/Historical-Geographical_Materialism_2020_ From Kirsch, S., 2020. Historical–Geographical Materialism. In: Kobayashi, A. (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2nd edition. vol. 7, Elsevier, pp. 31–36. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10470-6 ISBN: 9780081022955

traces of spaces: a cabinet of curiosities exhibit

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
traces of spaces: a cabinet of curiosities exhibit

Traces of Spaces is an experiment in research and pedagogy produced by graduate students in Geography, Romance Studies, City and Regional Planning, Communication, and Design as part of my Fall 2018 Geographical Materialisms seminar @ UNC-Chapel Hill’s Geography Department.  It is organized in three exhibition pages: material in motion, object ecologies, and materializing visions, which allow viewers to […]

Undergraduate Research in Political Geography

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Recent undergraduate research projects in Political Geography have included: The Geographies of Social Movements:  https://geographiesofsocialmovements.web.unc.edu/ Experiences at the US/Mexico Border:  https://experiencesusmexicoborder.web.unc.edu/ Migrant Farm Workers Social Movement:  www.migrantfarmworkers.web.unc.edu Land Expropriation: Landscape, Politics & Identity: https://geog453.wixsite.com/landexpropriation Electoral Geographies: The Legitimacy of Democracies Around the Globe:  https://globaldemocracies.web.unc.edu/ Urban Growth and Change: Case studies in urban gentrification:  https://urbanshift.web.unc.edu Urban Exclusion in North Carolina:  https://urbangrowthnc.weebly.com/ Geographies […]